The new year will bring more changes for GSA’s consolidated Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) – the first refresh to the solicitation and the MAS “Phase II” mandatory modification that will convert existing contractors to the new MAS solicitation and Special Item Number (SIN) structure.
Refresh #1 – mid-January 2020
Refresh #1 will incorporate administrative updates, implement required clause/provision updates, and provide clarification based on feedback received since the MAS Solicitation was released. Updates made in this refresh will be reflected in the Phase II mass modification issued to current contractors in late January, 2020.
Summary of changes
- Implementation of second Interim Rule 2018-017, Prohibition on Contracting for Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment. The revised rule reduces the reporting burden by allowing contractors to represent whether they will or will not provide “covered” telecommunications equipment or services to the Government annually in SAM, rather than on an offer-by-offer basis.
- Expiration and removal of FAR 51 Deviation Authority. FAR 51.1 grants prime contractors the authority to use government sources of supply, including the GSA schedules, in the performance of cost-reimbursement contracts. The deviation, which has now expired, expanded the authority to include orders placed on a time-and-materials or labor-hour basis.
- Required updates to current contract clauses and provisions
- Re-mapping some legacy SINs to new SINs
- Open Ratings System Retirement – new offerors must demonstrate satisfactory past performance via CPARS reports or a past performance narrative and list of customer references.
MAS Consolidation Phase II – late January 2020
Existing contractors will receive a mandatory modification to update their contract’s structure and terms and conditions to the new MAS format. Contractors will have until July 31, 2020 to accept the modification. After accepting the modification, contractors will be able to add new Categories/SINs to their contract.
CRITICAL – Before Accepting the Mass Mod
- Ensure all eMods (pricing, additions, deletions, etc.) are complete and awarded
- If you have an option renewal in progress – do NOT accept mass mod until option is exercised
- Understand your exceptions. Exceptions approved in your current contract will NOT automatically transfer. The mass mod requires contractors to review each clause from the MAS solicitation and either accept it or request an exception. Contractors must include a narrative to justify each exception, and all exceptions must be negotiated with your CO.
After mass mod is initiated
- Contractors holding multiple Schedules will receive one mass mod per Schedule. This modification does NOT consolidate your contracts. All contracts will remain active until Phase III.
- Contract numbers and periods of performance will not change.
- Add/Delete SIN functions will be removed from GSA eMod temporarily to add new SIN structure (likely until late February/early March 2020)
MAS Consolidation Phase III – Beginning mid to late 2020, continuing as needed
Contractors with multiple schedules will work with GSA to select a single contract to go forward with. The contractor will have to add the SINs and products/services thereunder from the contracts that were not selected to the surviving contract. For example, let’s consider a company with an IT70 and a PSS contract. If they keep the IT70, they will then have to add the PSS contract’s SINs to the surviving contract. If any of the contracts end within five years, they will not be consolidated. We will discuss strategies for Phase III in a later blog.
GSA has two upcoming webinars that will focus on the Refresh and the Mass Mod:
Consolidation, Refresh #1:
Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST
Registration Link: https://meet.gsa.gov/eu7ql2lmxi1i/event/event_info.html
Consolidation, Phase II Mass Mod:
Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST
Registration Link: https://meet.gsa.gov/eaz9b8dbdrkt/event/event_info.html